Sound Quality and Effects Revisited on the LG G8 ThinQ – Sprint Product Ambassador
Like its predecessor, the LG G8 ThinQ prides itself on having some great sound options. And nearly all the great features on the G7 ThinQ are returning on the G8 ThinQ. These can often be overlooked, since they are limited to hard line connections only but I encourage you to explore the sound quality and I promise, digging out a 3.5mm patch cable or wired headphones will not be a wasted effort. If you read my earlier blog on the G7 ThinQ, a lot of the content will be returning when applicable and modified or expanded when not. Remember though, hearing is believing, so let your ears be the judge.
To get to the sound options go to “Settings” >> “Sound” and pick “Sound Quality and Effects”
Here you have a pretty wide selection but a couple will be grayed out at default (enabled when you plug in a 3.5m cable or headphones).
Volume: is pretty self-explanatory.
Normalize Volume: This is very useful especially if you have a rather eccentric mix of music, and even more so if it spans a few decades. Have you ever noticed that older recordings are a bit softer than newer releases? Well, times were different and vinyl was king so a lot of recordings were mixed with that in mind. Normalize volume actively cuts and boosts volume to make one song comparable to the other. That way you don’t have to manually adjust volume from song to song. Again this is super useful if your playlist is a mix of single songs and not full albums. This is low effort and just works. However you may also notice a bit of compression (makes high frequencies not as high and low frequencies not as low) so keep that in mind, may not be ideal for all listeners.
Equalizer: LG gives you a nice 10-band Equalizer, giving cut and boost to frequencies between 32Hz and 16KHz. You get a nice selection of preset levels for a diverse range of musical styles in addition to a custom level where you can adjust each of the frequencies individually (32Hz, 64Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1KHz, 2KHz, 4KHz, 8KHz, 16KHz). I like having the ability to adjust each level, especially when I’m doing things with my own MP3’s which can often be a single instrument or something I might be working on as part of a project.
External Audio: This category is the digital processing modes and are applied after the Equalizer.
DTS: X 3D Surround: I love this mode for watching movies. There isn’t a lot of options but you can really open up a soundscape depending on which option you choose. Your options are “Wide” which gives a typical surround sound, “Front” which gives the feeling that you are facing a pair of loudspeakers with nothing on any side of you and “Side to Side” which does exactly what you might expect, as if a loud speaker was directly on your left and right (with nothing facing your front or rear). I find “Wide” and “Front” to be most comfortable for movies and not as much use for “Side to Side” in either music or movies.
Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Digital Audio Converter): Is intended to give a more analog feel to your music and can be used by itself of in addition to the Equalizer and/or X 3D Surround. Enabling it will allow you to adjust balance of the left and/or right channels (but cutting volume on one or both speakers). The “Sound Preset” is available only if you disable X 3D Surround. You have options for “Normal”, “Enhanced”, “Detailed”, “Live” and “Bass”. Generally I like to favor “Enhanced” but that certainly varies according to source material and where you have the Digital Filter. The “Digital Filter” has three modes “Short”, “Sharp” and “Slow”. For most music I find “Sharp” to sound best but for quick articulate music “Slow” sometimes better.
Balance: One thing I’ve noticed in my older years is my ears are not quite perfect and my left ear hears a bit better than my right so I really like the fact that you can adjust either side by up to -6 Db. It does take a bit of trial and error but I find it’s not too difficult to reach audio bliss.
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